Spurs seek home success against struggling Cavaliers

The San Antonio Spurs, who have actually dropped 7 of their previous 9 video games, will host the Cleveland Cavaliers, losers of 5 directly, on Monday in match of groups desperate for a triumph.

Somebody needs to win, and with San Antonio’s current play versus groups with losing records, you may state that the chances prefer Cleveland.

Monday’s video game will conclude a franchise-high, nine-game homestand for the Spurs that has actually been dreadful. San Antonio has actually won simply two times in 8 video games on the extended stint of house contests and has actually dropped 2 directly, both in overtime, to groups it was preferred to beat.

The most recent loss was a 139-133 extra-period obstacle versus having a hard time Indiana on Saturday. The Pacers, who were missing out on 4 essential gamers, were playing the 2nd video game of a home-road back-to-back and had actually lost 3 straight video games prior to heading into San Antonio.

Rather, it was the Spurs who sputtered, particularly on defense, permitting Indiana to publish its greatest scoring video game of the season.

“We just can’t give up 139 points. … The 139 points killed us,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich stated after Saturday’s loss. “End of story.”

The Spurs have actually permitted challengers to score 132 points or more 4 times on the homestand.

DeMar DeRozan had 25 points for San Antonio in Saturday’s defeat.

Keldon Johnson and Dejounte Murray scored 20 each for the Spurs while Derrick White included 18 points, Patty Mills had 16, and Rudy Gay tallied 15. Jakob Poeltl contributed 14 points and 13 rebounds, taping his 10th double-double of the season. Johnson likewise had a double-double with 10 rebounds in the loss.

“We’ve just got to communicate better,” Johnson stated later. “Communicate better, guard better. It’s all things that we can fix and get better at.”

The Cavaliers fly into San Antonio after a 115-101 loss at Miami on Saturday. Cleveland tracked 67-54 at the half and never ever got closer than 5 points in the 2nd half in spite of getting its protective strength.

“It was a tale of two halves,” Cleveland coach J.B. Bickerstaff stated following the loss. “We did a phenomenal job in that second half. I thought our scrap and our grit was much better. You’re playing a caliber team like Miami with the weapons that they have, you’ve got to play for 48 (minutes). There were just small plays that I thought early kind of let us down.”

Collin Sexton scored 26 points while Taurean Prince completed with a season-best 19 points for Cleveland, which has actually played 5 of its previous 6 video games on the roadway and has actually lost 4 of those.

Isaac Okoro completed with a career-high 17 points for the Cavaliers in Saturday’s loss, with Darius Garland scoring 12 and Kevin Love including 10 points and 10 rebounds for his very first double-double of the project in simply his 6th video game.

It was the very first time that Cleveland scored 100 or more points in its previous 5 trips. The Cavaliers are balancing simply 90.8 points per video game over their five-game losing streak and just 102.7 points per video game for the season, the worst average in the NBA.

Jarrett Allen missed his 4th straight video game for the Cavaliers as he recuperates from a concussion, and Larry Nance Jr. was out for a 3rd successive contest with a health problem.

–Field Level Media

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.